Tuesday, February 28, 2012


To celebrate my brother Stephen's birthday recently, I drove up to DC for a weekend and we went out for brunch at a locally owned restaurant just a block from his house - Busboys and Poets.

Steve recommended the Eggs Benedict, a favorite with local customers. The menu listed several tempting options. He chose the one with juicy crab meat and a side of roasted red potatoes and peppers with light seasoning.

I opted for the spinach version, with a side of fresh fruit - pineapple, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. The eggs were perfectly poached, served over toasted English muffins and with a light Hollandaise sauce that wasn't overpowering.

The cafe is named after noted African-American poet Langston Hughes, who served as a busboy in the 1920s before gaining recognition for his literary talent. Busboys and Poets seeks to provide a place for sharing of local and ethnic art and literature, as well as a gathering place for ideas and discussion with people of all races and backgrounds. Be sure to check out the unique bookstore and gift shop, with work from international as well as local authors and artists.

There are four locations in the DC/Maryland/northern Virginia area:
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